Businessman David Gillespie is among the four nominees to contest councillor positions at the October 16 election. An Exmouth local for 12 years now, Mr Gillespie is the managing director of the Exmouth Escape Resort and has been president of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 18 months. Under his presidency he has secured grants and sponsorships across several programs and projects, and established the Exmouth Business Hub. Mr Gillespie said he decided to run to continue the work done by the existing councillors and Shire for the town. “I have my drive and my thoughts in regards to delivering on those initiatives that the existing council and Shire have put together as an infrastructure plan and I want to continue that going forward,” he said. “In my role as ECCI president, I actively advocate for real and timely solutions to the issues we face locally and participate on a large number of working groups to ensure strong communication flow and successful joint initiatives are achieved between Shire and the local business groups.” Mr Gillespie listed worker accommodation, improved health and medical services, residential land releases and securing government commitments to Exmouth infrastructures such as the Minilya-Exmouth road and Town Beach foreshore upgrades as his main priorities. “I love this town and its amazing surrounding natural environment,” Mr Gillespie said. “It needs to be managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner and I believe I can add real value to council in this regard.” Former Exmouth Shire president Turk Shales, tourism figurehead Jackie Brooks and small business owner Darlene Allston have also nominated.